BHP Billiton (NYSE: BBL) is one of 86 public companies in the “Integrated Mining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare BHP Billiton to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for BHP Billiton and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BHP Billiton 1 1 1 0 2.00
BHP Billiton Competitors 873 2887 3063 81 2.34

BHP Billiton presently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.82%. As a group, “Integrated Mining” companies have a potential upside of 13.57%. Given BHP Billiton’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BHP Billiton has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.4% of BHP Billiton shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.6% of shares of all “Integrated Mining” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.0% of shares of all “Integrated Mining” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

BHP Billiton has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BHP Billiton’s rivals have a beta of 0.43, indicating that their average stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

BHP Billiton pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. As a group, “Integrated Mining” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.8% and pay out 49.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares BHP Billiton and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BHP Billiton N/A N/A N/A
BHP Billiton Competitors -8,020.21% 4.37% 0.72%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BHP Billiton and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BHP Billiton $38.29 billion $5.89 billion N/A
BHP Billiton Competitors $11.93 billion $1.07 billion 1.43

BHP Billiton has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals.

Summary

BHP Billiton rivals beat BHP Billiton on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

BHP Billiton Company Profile

BHP Billiton Plc is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing. It extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia and the Americas. It manages product distribution through its global logistics chain, including freight and pipeline transportation. It sells its products through direct supply agreements with its customers and on global commodity exchanges.

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